July 22, 1971

David Ben-Gurion on God’s Promises to His People: Strength and Peace – One Given, the Other, Coming

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Born before he had a homeland, Ben-Gurion was a leader in a war before he had an army, and became a statesman before he had a state. Long convinced, then, of things yet unseen, here he says that although peace with the present government in Egypt is very doubtful, Psalms tells that God has promised his people two things:

“God will give strength to His people, God will bless His people with peace" - The first promise was already given; the second one - not yet, but it will come.

Such, then, was the faith that gave Ben-Gurion, and gives still, substance to hope.

Autograph Letter Signed (“D. Ben-Gurion”), in English, 1 page, octavo, Sdeh Boker, July 22, 1971. To Kenneth Triem in Tucson, Arizona.

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Transcript

No. 33

Sdeh Boker; 22.7.71

Dear Mr Kenneth Triem

I have your letter of May 20
Peace with the present government in Egypt is very doubtful.
Ac[c]ording to [in Hebrew, the word for "Psalms"] Tehilim God has promised his people two things:

[In Hebrew] "Hashem oz L'Amo yiten, Hashem yevaraech et amo bashalom"  
"
God will give strength to His people, God will bless His people with peace" - The first promise was already given; the second one - not yet, but it will come.

Yours

D. BEN-GURION

To
Kenneth Triem
1300 Wheatridge Drive
Tucson, Arizona 85704
U.S.A.